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Complaint Review: Kluger Marketing Group

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  • Submitted: Wed, November 12, 2008
  • Updated: Wed, March 11, 2009

  • Reported By:Houston Texas
Kluger Marketing Group
4801 Woodway Dr. Suite #240E Houston, Texas U.S.A.

Kluger Marketing Group FALSE ADVERTISEMENT! Houston Texas

*Consumer Comment: Then Explain

*UPDATE Employee: Deceitful? False Advertisement? Where are all the intelligent individuals? Obviously she cannot read!

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In THIS report it was mentioned that Paul Kluger was a dangerous man and he stabbed four people in Florida somewhere. I'm not sure if that is true because I have looked everywhere on various search engines trying to find that certain article.

If he was a dangerous man, how come he is a FREE man? So that is some rebuttal that I have about Mr. Kluger. I wouldn't necessarily say that he was dangerous.

Now business-wise I would say that he provided false advertisement. When I came in to interview, I sat in the 'reception' area for the longest time and there was a door to the working area that remained closed. people walked in and out mysteriously and I didn't know what it was they were doing.

When I interviewed with him, he was an extremely outgoing and perky person. He said that he makes lots of money and he promised that I could too if I got the job and they only promote within and my promotion depended on my performance. He told me he'd call me if i was cut out for the position so I could come in for a "second interview".

So that night I received the call from him and he said that I am definitely cut out for it and he asked me to come in on Thursday so I could do the second interview and see how his employees worked.

Thursday came around and I sat in the reception area again with 5 other people doing the same thing. Keep in mind that the whole time I thought that we were going to be sitting with his employees to see how the marketing business worked.

We were then lead back into his office and standing in his office were 6 of his employees. He assigned each employee to all of the second interviewers. He told us that if we had any questions to ask the person mentoring us for that day. I still had no idea what we were going to be doing.

Finally he ended his pep talk and we were lead out of his office and I followed my 'mentor'. I thought we were going to be lead in the long hallway of empty offices but instead I followed my person out of the office, into the elevators, and into her car. I asked her where we were going and she said that we will be marketing STAPLES to all the local businesses.

it turns out this was BUSINESS-TO-BUSINESS type of marketing. She said it wasn't soliciting, but it TOTALLY was. I dressed up extremely proffessional that day; slacks, blouse, and HEELS! we walked around ALL day going business to business 'marketing' STAPLES/QUILL supplies to small businesses. She told them that it's cheaper if they buy from our client and that it gets delivered next day, etc.

The thing is Kluger doesn't mention AT ALL that this was a business-to-business type of job and he made sure not to tell us so the people wouldn't run away when they first hear it.

So I am sure if you stayed and did everything they say you're supposed to do, then YES, you can make lots of money.

But it is kind of like a pyramid scheme.

You start off as an "account executive" which is just someone who goes business to business. The way you get promoted is if you can sell consistently 8 sales a week.

Then you get promoted to whatever my mentor was (i forget the name of the position). The only way you get promoted after that is if you mentor 5 people who actually take the job and become an account executive all the while still selling a consistent of 8 sales.

But think about this: how many people are tricked into doing this and actually NOT want to do it because not a lot of people like solicitation?

I asked the person that was 'mentoring' me if she's ever had problems with people she mentors and she said that she's had to bring people back to their cars, she's heard people complain and make fun of what she's doing. so actually it's pretty difficult to recruit 5 people.

I am sure that their business isn't a scam but they do give false advertisement. So before anyone actually goes for that second interview, hope you guys are reading this...because I went...and i was completely tricked! He told me to dress business proffessional and that's what I did and it killed my feet because I used shoes that weren't made for HIKING!

Summerblanket
Houston, Texas
U.S.A.

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#1 Consumer Comment

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AUTHOR: Tony - (U.S.A.)

You said you are the HR Director, why does the job listing say contact Sallie Beth, you signed the letter as Tasha, and the name used on RoR is Rose? We know Sallie Beth doesn't exist.

How come it doesn't say it's 100% commission like other companies whom hire on a 100% commission basis do on their ads?

How come it doesn't mention B2B sales specifically so the candidate can have the ability to understand it's door to door? By just saying face to face you are given the impression that these are preset appointments.

Why does he say new customer acquisitions for Staples, as opposed to saying Quill - the wholly-owned subsidiary of Staples? During sales you can't sell any Staples specific products?

Just wondering...
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Deceitful? False Advertisement? Where are all the intelligent individuals? Obviously she cannot read!

AUTHOR: Rose - (U.S.A.)

First off, let me start to say that I am the HR director for KMG. So proud to work for this prestigous company that I will put my real name at the bottom of this post, which obviously other individuals try to mask themselves such as the young lady above. Whenever we conduct the second round interview, the individuals are told exactly what they will be doing for the day--> "You will be shadowing one of our top corporate trainers for the day. Whom which will disclose information on compensation, upward mobility, corporate structure, and the overall direction of the company. Most importantly, today is going to be more like a personality test. We want to see your people skills, characteristic traits, and how you handle yourself professionally". I believe that tells the potential candidates exactly what they will be doing for the second interview.

I sit in on most of Paul's preliminary interviews and I can assure you that he is very correct with explaining what we do. He tells the interviewee that we do face to face new customer acquisitions and marketing for Staples. He even asks every potential candidate how they feel about the word "No" and how they feel about meeting face to face with business owners such as Attorneys, CPAs, and Doctors. Obviously, it is not Paul or our company that is not correct. The only problem I see is that ignorant people don't listen during their interview. Maybe they are nervous or scared to make a good impression, I'm not sure but there is no excuse.


As far as FALSE ADVERTISING, I have copied and pasted the job posting that the above young lady applied to. I keep all this information saved in my local database.

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Description
ENTRY LEVEL SALES EXECUTIVES WANTED!!


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K.M.G.
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http://www.pmg7.com/
http://www.klugermarketinggroup.blogspot.com/
http://www.myspace.com/kmgklugermarketinggroup

FAST PACED GROWTH POTENTIAL!!


K.M.G. is hiring for entry-level sales and marketing positions. We are looking for candidates we can develop into managers. We are a company that performs sales and client acquisition for Fortune 500 companies.



Due to our huge success in 2008, K.M.G. is anticipating unprecedented growth next year. We are looking to build our business with dedicated professionals who wish to grow personally and professionally. This job involves face-to-face sales of services to business prospects. Therefore, we are looking to fill account executive positions in which an individual will be cross trained in:



** Direct marketing/sales

** New account acquisitions

** Teaching/training

** Team presentations



Professional Benefits Include:

*No seniority
*100% Promotion from within
*Compensation on pay for performance basis
*Experience rapid growth
*Medical Benefits Available
*Excellent Career Opportunity for those who need a change, those just starting out, and recent College Grads




All candidates please either e-mail a resume (NO ATTACHMENTS PLEASE) to:


[Click Here to Email Your Resum]

Or call Sallie Beth at 281-768-5431.



NO TELEMARKETING, GRAPHIC DESIGN, OR MULTI LEVEL MARKETING!!

Check us out at our website:
http://www.pmg7.com
http://www.klugermarketinggroup.blogspot.com
http://www.myspace.com/kmgklugermarketinggroup
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From the above you can see we list the word sales and face-to-face in many different ways. The ad was also posted in the categories of: Public Relations, Sales - Marketing, Business Development, and General Business. There is no excuse for this young lady's ignorance for not reading the ad or listening during her interview.


Tasha
HR Recruiting Director
KMG
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